Euripides: Suppliant Women

James Morwood

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ISBN: 9780856687846

Publication: December 20, 2006

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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A group of Argive women has come to Eleusis to ask King Theseus and his city of Athens to bring about the burial of their sons who are being denied it by their Theban conquerors. Theseus is confronted with a challenge which at first he declines to take up, but then does so magnificently. The range of the play's debate is astonishing. It contains one of the Ur -texts of political theory. It explores social and religious themes. It deals with the concept of a just war, with the family, and with the role and behaviour of women. Above all it sets before us the education of Theseus, showing us movingly how this great hero is transformed into a great man. Greek text with facing translation, introduction and commentary.

James Morwood is Dean of Wadham College, Oxford, translator of eleven of Euripides' plays in the World Classics Series, author of numerous Greek and Latin language books and of The Life and Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1985). James Morwood is Dean of Wadham College, Oxford, translator of eleven of Euripides' plays in the World Classics Series, author of numerous Greek and Latin language books and of The Life and Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1985).

General editor's foreword Editor's preface Introduction: 1. Plot, themes and motifs 2. Politics and character 3a. King Theseus and democratic Athens 3b. Theseus, Herakles and Kimon 4. Athenian funeral encomia and Adrastos' oration 5. The play's geography 5a. Eleusis 5b. Thebes 5c. Argos 6. The myth and its reception 7. Date 8. The text and translation Bibliography and Abbreviations Map: The Greece of the play Suppliant Women: Greek text with parallel translation Commentary Appendix: The Argive women and Athenian mourning legislation General Bibliography

The many qualities of this volume will enable numerous readers to enjoy the discovery of this magnificent play which, as James Morwood reminds us, has too long been considered as a minor work by Euripides, a play of political propaganda. Each part of the book, the Introduction, Translation and Commentary, aims to facilitate reading and stimulate interest, without drowning the reader in technical details concerning Euripides language or the editing of his work.'
 

a very thorough and scholarly account of...an unjustly neglected play.'
 

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 149 mm

260 Pages

ISBN: 9780856687846

Publication: December 20, 2006

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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